New Mexico National Guard Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

How will you spend your weekends with the New Mexico National Guard?

When you join the New Mexico National Guard, you get to find out how to be at your best You begin by completing the New Mexico National Guard Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Answering ASVAB questions can help you decide which skills you should learn to succeed as you serve and build your career. Join the Guard today!

ASVAB: This is Not a Test.

The ASVAB is not a test that you can fail. You answer ten sets of questions in the following subjects so the Army can determine how well you could learn them:

General Science - measures knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
Arithmetic Reasoning - measures ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
Word Knowledge - measures ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
Paragraph Comprehension - measures ability to obtain information from written material
Mathematics Knowledge - measures knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
Electronics Information - measures knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices and electronic systems
Auto and Shop Information - measures knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
Mechanical Comprehension - measures knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support and properties of materials
Assembling Objects - measures ability with spatial relationships

New Mexico National Guard Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

Are You Ready to Join the National Guard?

To take the ASVAB, talk with your recruiter about completing the aptitude questionnaires online or in person at a military entrance processing station (MEPS). Your scores in the ASVAB are part of the Army's evaluation of your application to join the New Mexico National Guard. You must also receive a qualifying score of at least 31 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) to enlist in the National Guard.

Your recruiter will share your test results with you and help you decide the best military occupation specialty (MOS) for your career.

Preparing for the ASVAB

One of the best things about the ASVAB is that you answer the questions without worrying about a grade. Answer the questions in each part of the ASVAB as clearly as you can. You either have a knack for doing something or you don't, and your recruiter can help you understand the results so you can train in an MOS that you will do well.

The ASVAB takes about three hours to complete. This is a standardized evaluation, so you can practice answering the questions as you would for any standardized test. The Army offers a few resources to help you learn about the skills and knowledge required for in-demand MOS assignments and how to relax and confidently complete the ASVAB, such as:

  • March 2 Success
  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program
  • Toady's Military (website)